Meningococcal disease is uncommon, but can become life-threatening very quickly.
The meningococcal vaccine is available from 11 December 2017 until 31 December 2018.
Since May 2017 there has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of meningococcal C disease in Victoria, mostly in men who have sex with men (MSM). In response, a free, time-limited meningococcal vaccine program for MSM is available at Southland Medical Centre.
Who is eligible for the free meningococcal vaccine?
The free meningococcal vaccine is available for:
- gay and bisexual men (GBM)
- men who have sex with men (MSM)
- HIV positive GBM and MSM (who may be at particular risk of contracting the disease).
What are the symptoms of the meningococcal virus?
In fatal cases of meningococcal disease, the average time from the first symptom until death is 24 – 48 hours. If you suspect yourself or someone you know is suffering the symptoms below, present at a hospital Emergency Department immediately.